I have started planting the coontie seeds that spill out of the female cones each year. I have the acreage, need more landscape plants, and will retire from teaching someday ... a field of mature coonties at $20 a plant (current price) sounds really good to me.
This is a one year old baby coontie. They DO NOT grow fast in their early years ... at least above ground. The taproot on this baby was so long, I could not get it all in the picture so check out the taproot and ruler photo that goes with this pic.